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    Bhoger Khichuri Recipe: How To Make Bengali-style Moong Dal Khichdi

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    Bhoger khichuri is a traditional Bengali recipe that is prepared mainly for festivals and offered as prasad. The bhaja muger dal khichuri is a Bengali-style moong dal khichdi that uses a lot of special spices and vegetables.

    Traditionally, this khichuri is prepared with Gobindobhog rice. Since it is not very commonly found outside of West Bengal, we used basmati rice as a substitute. According to Bengalis, any festival is incomplete without offering bhoger khichuri to Goddess Durga.

    Bhoger khichuri has a distinct flavour of all the spices added in it. This delicious khichuri is specifically made on Ashtami and is partaken as naivedyum.

    The bhoger khichuri is very appetizing and can be prepared at home. The process of preparing this khichuri might be a little time consuming but is not complicated if you follow the steps.

    Here is a step-by-step procedure with images, if you'd like to try the bhoger khichuri at home. Also, watch the video recipe.

    BHOGER KHICHURI VIDEO RECIPE

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    BHOGER KHICHURI RECIPE | HOW TO MAKE BENGALI-STYLE MOONG DAL KHICHDI | BHAJA MUGER DAL KHICHURI RECIPE
    Bhoger Khichuri Recipe | How To Make Bengali-style Moong Dal Khichdi | Bhaja Muger Dal Khichuri Recipe
    Prep Time
    15 Mins
    Cook Time
    1H
    Total Time
    1 Hours

    Recipe By: Meena Bhandari

    Recipe Type: Main Course

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients
    • Basmati rice - 1 cup

      Water - ½ cup + for rinsing

      Moong dal - 1 cup

      Oil - 6 tbsp

      Cinnamon sticks - 4 (one-inch stick)

      Cardamom - 4

      Cloves - 7

      Ginger (grated) - 1 tbsp

      Turmeric powder - ½ tsp

      Jeera powder - 1 tsp

      Mustard oil - 1 tbsp

      Bay leaves - 2

      Dried red chillies - 2

      Jeera - 1 tsp

      Grated coconut - 2 tbsp

      Tomato (cut into quarter) - 1

      Potato (peeled and cut into big cubes) - 1

      Cauliflower (cut into big florets) - 8-10 pieces

      Green chilli (slit) - 1

      Hot water - 1½ litres

      Green peas - ½ cup

      Sugar - 2 tsp

      Ghee - 1 tbsp

    Red Rice Kanda Poha
    How to Prepare
    • 1. Add basmati rice into a sieve.

      2. Rinse it with water and let the water drain completely.

      3. Spread the rice onto a plate and allow it to dry for 10 minutes.

      4. Meanwhile, add moong dal in a heated pan.

      5. Dry roast for 2-3 minutes, until it turns brown.

      6. Transfer it into a bowl.

      7. Add half a cup of water and rinse it.

      8. Strain the water and keep it aside.

      9. Add a tablespoon of oil in a heated pan.

      10. Add the dried rice.

      11. Roast it for 1-2 minutes, until the raw smell goes away and the rice becomes glossy.

      12. Transfer it into a bowl and keep it aside.

      13. Add the three cinnamon sticks in a heated pan.

      14. Add cardamom and five cloves.

      15. Dry roast until the colour changes.

      16. Transfer it into a mixer jar.

      17. Grind them into a fine powder to make the Bengali garam masala.

      18. Add the grated ginger in a cup.

      19. Add the turmeric powder and jeera powder.

      20. Mix well and keep it aside.

      21. Add mustard oil in a pan.

      22. Add the bay leaves and dried red chillies.

      23. Add a cinnamon stick and two cloves.

      24. Add jeera and sauté well.

      25. Add grated coconut and mix well for about 2 minutes.

      26. Add the ginger paste and sauté for another minute.

      27. Add the tomato pieces and stir well for 2 minutes and remove it from the stove.

      28. Add 5 tablespoons of oil into another heated pan.

      29. Add the potato cubes and fry for 2-3 minutes, until they turn light brown.

      30. Remove it from the pan and transfer it onto a plate.

      31. Add cauliflower florets in the same pan.

      32. Fry for 4-5 minutes, until it turns light brown.

      33. Remove if from the pan and transfer it onto the plate.

      34. Add the moong dal in the same pan.

      35. Add the rice and split green chilli.

      36. Add salt to taste.

      37. Add a litre of hot water.

      38. Cover it with a lid and allow it to cook for 5 minutes.

      39. Remove the lid and add the roasted tomato-coconut masala.

      40. Then, add the roasted vegetables.

      41. Add green peas and sugar.

      42. Add another half a litre of hot water and then add a teaspoon of the powdered Bengali garam masala.

      43. Mix well and cover it with the lid again.

      44. Allow it to cook for 15 minutes.

      45. Add a tablespoon of ghee and transfer it into a bowl.

      46. Serve hot.

    Instructions
    • 1. Traditionally the bhoger khichuri is made with Gobindobhog rice instead of basmati rice.
    • 2. The rice is roasted with ghee so that the raw smell goes away.
    • 3. If you are not preparing the khichuri as a naivedyum, you can add onions and garlic to it.
    Nutritional Information
    • Serving Size - 1 cup
    • Calories - 177 cal
    • Fat - 2 g
    • Protein - 8 g
    • Carbohydrates - 32 g
    • Sugar - 1.1 g
    • Fibre - 8 g

    STEP BY STEP - HOW TO MAKE BHOGER KHICHURI

    1. Add basmati rice into a sieve.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    2. Rinse it with water and let the water drain completely.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    3. Spread the rice onto a plate and allow it to dry for 10 minutes.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    4. Meanwhile, add moong dal in a heated pan.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    5. Dry roast for 2-3 minutes, until it turns brown.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    6. Transfer it into a bowl.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    7. Add half a cup of water and rinse it.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    8. Strain the water and keep it aside.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    9. Add a tablespoon of oil in a heated pan.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    10. Add the dried rice.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    11. Roast it for 1-2 minutes, until the raw smell goes away and the rice becomes glossy.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    12. Transfer it into a bowl and keep it aside.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    13. Add the three cinnamon sticks in a heated pan.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    14. Add cardamom and five cloves.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    15. Dry roast until the colour changes.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    16. Transfer it into a mixer jar.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    17. Grind them into a fine powder to make the Bengali garam masala.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    18. Add the grated ginger in a cup.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    19. Add the turmeric powder and jeera powder.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    20. Mix well and keep it aside.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    21. Add mustard oil in a pan.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    22. Add the bay leaves and dried red chillies.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    23. Add a cinnamon stick and two cloves.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    24. Add jeera and sauté well.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    25. Add grated coconut and mix well for about 2 minutes.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    26. Add the ginger paste and sauté for another minute.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    27. Add the tomato pieces and stir well for 2 minutes and remove it from the stove.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    28. Add 5 tablespoons of oil into another heated pan.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    29. Add the potato cubes and fry for 2-3 minutes, until they turn light brown.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    30. Remove it from the pan and transfer it onto a plate.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    31. Add cauliflower florets in the same pan.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    32. Fry for 4-5 minutes, until it turns light brown.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    33. Remove if from the pan and transfer it onto the plate.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    34. Add the moong dal in the same pan.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    35. Add the rice and split green chilli.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    36. Add salt to taste.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    37. Add a litre of hot water.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    38. Cover it with a lid and allow it to cook for 5 minutes.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    39. Remove the lid and add the roasted tomato-coconut masala.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    40. Then, add the roasted vegetables.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    41. Add green peas and sugar.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    42. Add another half a litre of hot water and then add a teaspoon of the powdered Bengali garam masala.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe

    43. Mix well and cover it with the lid again.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    44. Allow it to cook for 15 minutes.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    45. Add a tablespoon of ghee and transfer it into a bowl.

    bhoger khichuri recipe

    46. Serve hot.

    bhoger khichuri recipe
    bhoger khichuri recipe
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